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Discuss the extent to which buses can be seen as a sustainable method of transport.

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Discuss the extent to which buses can be seen as a sustainable method of transport. During the recession, buses have become an important part of people?s day-to-day routines, with many people using buses instead of cars as a mode of public transport. The preferred method of transport has changed over the years due to changes in technology, congestion and changes in incomes. There are various modes of public transport: cars, trains, air travel, trams and buses. The 1968 Transport Act meant that the National Bus Company served bus routes within England and Wales, yet in the 1980?s under Margaret Thatcher?s powers the bus companies become privatised. The reason she made the government have no direct intervention was to stimulate competition within firms and create a monopolistic competition. The main company in the market is Stagecoach and is still running and providing a service. ...read more.


just one, 24 per cent own two, 4 per cent own three and 1 per cent own four or more.?? The Government?s car scrappage scheme has been introduced to get people to buy cars to keep the car manufacturers in business. With it becoming cheaper to own a car there is more incentive now to own one. The amount of cars on the road mean that there is no way that people could just move from using cars to never using them again. This shows that cars are a sustainable method and with the governments view on green and environmentally friendly services, they could intervene and make the car manufacturers ensure that the new cars emit less co2 gases etc. If they were to do this and with new technology being designed all the time then it?d become a more sustainable method and would decrease the amount of negative externalities involved in running a car. ...read more.


have to increase their fares and there could be other cheaper forms of transport out there by then, then bus companies won?t be able to make a profit anymore. Buses should be able to expand easily as long as there is the demand for buses to be used so that the companies can buy in more buses and train more people. If the demand isn?t there or the prices are just too high then people will want to use the cheapest method of transport and also the method that will get them there the quickest. Currently, buses provide a service that is sustainable with the prices being low, allow monopolistic competition in the market, and help the environment if people switch from cars to buses. In the future, I think that buses could continue to be sustainable and will still be used widely and will be used alongside another form of transport such as cars or undergrounds. ...read more.

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